Comics Corner: G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero 1


Title: G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 1
Release Date: June 1982

Joe Team Roster

  • Breaker
  • Clutch
  • Flash
  • General Flagg
  • Grand Slam
  • Grunt
  • Hawk
  • Rock & Roll
  • Scarlett
  • Short-Fuze
  • Snake-Eyes
  • Stalker
  • Steeler
  • Zap
Cobra Team Roster
  • Baroness
  • Cobra Commander
Other Characters
  • Dr. Adele Burkhart - Nuclear Physicist
  • General Austin
  • Shooter
  • Cobra Commander is actually a decent tactician in the issue, versus the bumbling buffoon he is in the cartoon
  • Baroness is brutal, threatening to turn a woman's head into, "red mist"
  • Cobra slaughters a whole village of men, women and children, while the Joe team cuts down any Cobra Solider in their path - This isn't a Sunbow cartoon
  • Nice splash pages showcasing Joe member file cards and even a nice walkthrough of their base
Low Points
  • Scarlett considers shooting Dr. Burkhart and end the mission, rather than bring her back safely
  • Scarlett is crazy in general, turning her gun on her own teammates and demanding that they abandon her when she is wounded
  • Back up story is not as good as the lead one
  • If I knew nothing about G.I. Joe and wasn't big on army comics, this issue would not leave me wanting to read any further ones
  • None
Rating (based on a 1 through 5 Stans grading system)


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